Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 21 January 1948
Time:04:17
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-649 Constellation
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: NC111A
C/n / msn: 2532
First flight: 1947
Total airframe hrs:1499
Engines: 4 Wright R-3350 (C18BD)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 25
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Boston-Logan International Airport, MA (BOS) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Flightnumber: 604
Narrative:
The original destination of the Constellation, Newark, was changed to New York-LaGuardia due to poor visibility. The approach to LaGuardia was missed by half a mile. Because of a ceiling below 500 feet, the flight was cleared for a diversion to Boston. An ILS approach tot runway 04 was made and the aircraft touched down 2000 feet from the approach end. Half an inch of new snow was laying on the runway. The left main gear struck snow drifts causing the aircraft to crash into a snow bank on the left. A fire broke out on the right wing.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loss of directional control of the aircraft on the runway due to excessive snow accumulation. A contributing factor was the lack of precaution exercised by the air carriers station manager, the Civil Aeronautics Administrations operations inspector and the airport management in determining that the conditions of the runways were adequate for safe aircraft landing."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 1-0011


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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Newark International Airport, NJ as the crow flies is 1740 km (1087 miles).

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